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Bertens, Pous-Tio head into Morocco final

April 27, 2012 at 1:33 PM

FES, Morocco, April 27 (UPI) -- Kiki Bertens and Laura Pous-Tio, both ranked above 100 in the world, had wins Friday that put them into the finals of the WTA tournament in Morocco.

Bertens, a qualifier ranked 149th, upended fifth-seeded Simona Halep 6-3, 6-4 behind three breaks. She made a break in the fourth game of the first set hold up and served out after posting a break in the ninth game of the second.

Pous-Tio, No. 110 in the rankings, got past Mathilde Johansson 6-1, 2-6, 7-5 with her seventh break of the day ending the match. She won as many points as Johansson (38-38) off Johansson's serve.

Saturday's winner will be a first-time WTA champion. Pous-Tio holds a 2-1 edge in previous meetings.

The champion of the Grand Prix de Sa Le Princesse Lalla Meryem tournament will earn $37,000 with the runner-up taking home $19,000. Halep and Johansson each claimed $10,200 as semifinalists.

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